Sushma Swaraj to meet Pakistan foreign minister on sidelines of UNGA: MEA

Sushma Swaraj

New Delhi, Sep 20: Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj will meet her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session in New York next week, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Thursday. 

Addressing a press conference,  Ministry of External Affairs, Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar confirmed about the meeting. He said ” I can confirm that on the request of the Pakistani side, a meeting between EAM and Pakistani foreign minister will take place on the sidelines of UNGA at a mutually convenient date and time”.

“This is just a meeting, not talks or resumption of dialogue”, he added.

On Kartarpur corridor, Kumar stated “Even now after so many yrs,we don’t have any official communication from Pakistani Govt that they’re willing to consider this matter. EAM will therefore raise this issue in her meeting with the Pak Foreign Minister on sidelines of UNGA”.

Next week, an informal meeting of SAARC foreign ministers is slated to be held in New York on the sidelines of the UNGA summit.

The development follows a letter written by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking for resumption of dialogue and suggesting a meeting between Sushma Swaraj and Shah Mehmood Qureshi on the sidelines of UNGA, and a letter written by Qureshi to Swaraj.

Reacting to reports of brutality on a Border Security Force (BSF) jawan who was killed in Pakistan firing, he said it was a barbaric incident and the BSF has written a strong communication to its counterparts in Pakistan.

“It is a serious issue and we will take it up Pakistan.”


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